Hypnosis is a state of focused concentration during which a person becomes less aware of his or her surroundings. Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis to treat physical or psychological conditions.
During a hypnotic state a person may be more likely to accept suggestions that can help change his or her behavior. As a hypnotherapist I lead the hypnosis and I teach people how to hypnotise themselves (self-hypnosis).
My goal is not to control a person or give the person answers but rather to help the person solve his or her own problems. I give people tools and strategies to take away and practice at home, in this way replacing old ways of thinking with new ones that are more helpful towards achieving their goals.
Hypnosis works when you are willing to listen to learn, to focus your attention and follow the suggestions of the therapist. Contrary to popular belief, you cannot be made to do something you don’t want to do. When hypnotised and your mind is in a special place, you will not follow directions against your wishes and the suggestions will always be for your benefit.
Hypnotists use many different ‘frames’ or stories that help us understand what hypnosis is. We can argue if there is or isn’t an unconscious mind and we can discuss, for hours, whether trance exists. What we do know is that hypnosis works – it works against us when the thoughts we give attention to keep us locked in an unhelpful ‘trance’, e.g. I can’t lose weight because I’m big boned or I will never get that promotion because I’m terrible in interviews. It can work for us when we tell ourselves ‘I was born lucky’ and guess what, this trance will help you be focused on your luck and fortune.
When we focus on things that make us feel good our body responds by excreting good chemicals in to our body, when we focus on negative thoughts the opposite is true.
Stop for 2 minutes and use the power of your imagination
Breathe…in through your nose…and…out through your mouth (twice as long) Repeat a few times.
Now…think back to a time when you felt excited, perhaps you were at a football match or on a roller coaster – see now what you saw then, hear now what you heard then and feel now what you felt then. Notice what is different. I bet your pulse is much faster!
Repeat now focusing on a time when you felt relaxed, perhaps you are lying on a sunbed and it is comfortably hot and you are relaxed. See now what you saw then, hear now what you heard then and feel now what you felt then. Now what is your pulse like? Much slower I’m guessing.
When we live in a perpetual state of anxiety, fearing what might happen in the future our pulse is racing. This state stimulates cortisol and adrenaline in our body which over time has a negative effect on our physical well being, panic attacks, high blood pressure etc.
This exercise demonstrates that the way we think affects how we feel and the way we feel affects how we behave.
We all have choice to focus on the things that makes us feel bad or on the things that make us feel good…and it feels good to feel good doesn’t it?
What is hypnosis used for?
Hypnosis is not intended to cure disease but rather to relieve symptoms of illness. Hypnosis has been effective in relieving pain associated with surgery, paralysis, and childbirth. Also, it is widely used to control addictions to drugs, alcohol, food, and smoking. Hypnosis can reduce stress by increasing relaxation, offering positive suggestions, and eliminating negative thoughts.
Hypnosis can help with anxiety , insomnia , phobias, obesity , stopping smoking, irritable bowel syndrome . Research has also found that it can reduce cancer-related pain, labor pain, nausea, and vomiting.
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